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Atomic Energy Council-Uganda Reopens Masaka Hospital X-Ray Section

Dr. Nathan Onyachi, the Medical Director Masaka Hospital, says the council reopened the closed facility after their biomedical engineer fixed the radiation leakage, which led to its closure. He says a team of officials from Uganda Atomic Energy Council inspected the facility and cleared it to reopen.
29 Aug 2019 07:17

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The Uganda Atomic Energy Council-AEC-Uganda has reopened the x-ray section at Masaka Regional Referral hospital almost over a month after it was closed. 

The council closed the x-ray section at Masaka Regional Referral hospital in June this year citing radiation leakage. AEC-Uganda is mandated to regulate the peaceful application of ionizing radiation, protection and safety of radioactive sources.  

  Dr. Nathan Onyachi, the Medical Director Masaka Hospital, says the council reopened the closed facility after their biomedical engineer fixed the radiation leakage, which led to its closure. He says a team of officials from Uganda Atomic Energy Council inspected the facility and cleared it to reopen.

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Dr. Onyachi says they have also renewed their operational license with the Atomic Energy Council, saying that they are now in the process of procuring developer chemicals to allow the facility to resume its operations by Monday next week.  

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Onyachi says that the closure of the x-ray section has greatly affected health service delivery at the facility since they have been referring patients to private health units in Masaka town.

Records at Masaka hospital indicate that the facility receives more than 80 patients each day in need of x-ray services.  Patient attendants have welcomed the development, saying that they have been spending highly to access x ray services in private health units. 

Agnes Namukasa, one of the patients says that private facilities charge between Shillings. 30,000- 40,000 for x-ray services, which she says is so costly. She says that she is optimistic that after the hospital resuming x ray services they will access cheaper services.

Swaibu Sulambaya, a health activist has asked government to expedite the process of procuring another x-ray machine for the hospital as promised to avoid inconveniences in case the existing machine breaks down.   

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